Why We Exist
In everything we do, we believe in proving it’s possible to deliver high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poor.
Healthcare is broken.
It works the least for those who require it the most. And the world’s poorest need a new approach.
We are a team determined to make a model of durable healthcare work where everyone said it couldn’t be done.
The Power of Crowdfunding
How we used crowdfunding to change a girl’s life and reimagine referral care in one of the world’s most impossible places.
Before she turned one, Priyanka Bhul fell forward into a cooking fire in her home. She stopped her fall with her right hand, and as a result, developed severe burns.
Had Priyanka lived with access to a healthcare system, she would have immediately been sent to a hospital for burn treatment.
But Priyanka lived 36 hours by bus one-way from the capital of Kathmandu and the kind of care she needed.
So instead Priyanka suffered immense pain, her burn went untreated, and it developed into a contracture – a painful and restrictive tightening of the skin around her hand. Every day she lived in pain and was unable to study, write, or eat the way she had hoped for 11 years.
One day, after living over 4,000 days with a painful, treatable condition preventing her from pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher, Priyanka visited Possible’s hospital in rural Nepal.
Because of that, her contracture was evaluated by a doctor, and she was enrolled in a new crowdfunding program developed in partnership with Watsi to ensure patients with complex needs, even in the world’s most impossible places, could get the care they need.
Because she was enrolled in our crowdfunding program, we published her story on Watsi, and 24 donors from around the world funded her surgery in 3 days.
Our team members journeyed with Priyanka 36 hours one-way by bus to Kathmandu to get her the care she needed from a partner hospital.
Until finally, just 25 days after her treatment was crowdfunded, she received a life-changing surgery that loosened the skin on her hand.
Now Priyanka is busy literally re-writing her future, pursuing her dream to become a teacher.
“Priyanka’s story proves you can deliver complex care to people in rural, isolated places. And it shows crowdfunding is much more than a new funding source. The transparency crowdfunding demands led us to develop the first national referral care network of its kind in Nepal. No matter how good a rural healthcare system is, some patients will need referral outside of that system. Now we have a method to do that, and this model can be replicated around the world.”
+ Dr. Duncan Maru, Co-Founder & Chief Programs Officer
Scale of Impact
We’ve treated 173,469 patients since 2008, and volume nearly doubled over the last 2 years. Updated quarterly.Read More
patients treated to date.
We employ 240 team members around the world, of which 95% are located in rural Nepal. Updated quarterly.Read More
team members employed.
Nepal’s government is our largest partner, when cash and in-kind investments are combined. Updated yearly.Read More
of cash & in-kind support from Nepali government.
Our cost per patient hasn’t exceeded $20. We expect cost to rise with quality, but stay below $50. Updated yearly.Read More
per patient price point.